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GVS Group moves into new headquarters

While work continues on installing parts of the building facade and applying the finishing touches, the GVS Group has been busy settling into its new headquarters since the start of the year. This building complex, which features both a large central warehouse and a wing dedicated to administration, meetings and seminars, will be officially opened once the grounds have been completed.

In the future, the new warehouse in Friedewald will supply to all member companies of the GVS Group in Germany and cooperation partners in Austria and Switzerland. The building will also serve as a meeting location for the committees of the trade group and as a training facility for the central training institute of the GVS Academy.

The construction work undertaken on the 30,000 square metre plot involved the building of a 4,000 square metre hall complex and the new administration department, which boasts 800 square metres of floor space across two levels. Both structures feature an environmentally conscious design. Photovoltaic plants and heat pumps are used to provide an energy-efficient supply to the building complex. The GVS Group is also taking action in its role as an attractive employer: around 25 positions have been created in the administration department alone, with additional employees being taken on in the area of logistics.

Track the latest progress of the construction work here.

GVS distribution centre – ground-breaking ceremony and start of construction in Friedewald

Despite the almost wintry conditions, this was an occasion to herald the warm winds of change. The directors and members of the GVS Group, the partners of GVS Immobilien GmbH, employees from the GVS head office and Mayor Dirk Noll gathered at the site of the new distribution centre in Friedewald for the symbolic ground-breaking ceremony. Coming after a long phase of planning and approval, this event saw one of the most successful trade groups for cleaning and maintenance in Germany give the green light for construction to start straight away.

The ground-breaking ceremony held on the company site at the Friedewald industrial estate was a watershed moment in the history of the GVS Group. Pictured (l. to r.): Authorised Officer Matthias Ikas, Director Klaus Agsteiner and Director Joachim Homberger.

The initial stage of construction on the 30,000 square metre plot will involve the building of a 4,000 square metre hall complex and the new administration department, which will feature 800 square metres of floor space on two levels. Both structures will feature an environmentally conscious design. Photovoltaic plants and heat pumps are used to provide an energy-efficient supply to the building complex.
The GVS Group is also taking action in its role as an attractive employer: around 20 positions will be created in the administration department alone, with additional employees being taken on in the area of logistics.

The total investment for the first stage of construction comes to around six million euros. Building work commenced shortly after the ground-breaking ceremony and it should be possible to move into the new premises by the end of the year. In the future, the new distribution centre in Friedewald will supply to all member companies of the GVS Group in Germany and strategic partners in Austria and Switzerland.

The new site will also serve as a meeting location for the committees of the trade group and as a training facility for the central training institute of the GVS Academy.

Shortly after the ground-breaking ceremony, the excavators moved in to begin work on the new distribution centre.

Featuring 18 primarily owner-run companies at 25 sites in Germany and three cooperation partners in Austria and Switzerland, the GVS Group has been an active player in system services for cleaning and maintenance since 1976. Its professional full product range contains over 60,000 items from all renowned industrial partners, supplemented by appealing private labels. The service profile of the Group stands out with solutions including site-specific supply to large-scale customers across different regions, training programmes throughout Germany in the GVS ACADEMY, a web-based order and goods management system (GVS ORDER MANAGER), a logistics full service package with a dedicated vehicle fleet (comprising over 200 vehicles) and a skilled field sales team with more than 180 specialist consultants. The GVS Group is also active on an international level in the DHYS wholesale network.

New members join the DHYS Group

With the wholesale groups Socius Network Ltd. and Eurosan d.o.o. Mostar, the DHYS Group gained two strategically important members in Northern and South-Eastern Europe.

Socius Network consists of 18 highly efficient members in the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands.
Eurosan maintains four sites in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Republic of Serbia.

At the DHYS Group‘s meeting on the 23rd of November in Munich, these new members were warmly welcomed by CEO Klaus Agsteiner (GVS Group) and deputy CEO Philippe Scemama (GEH).

The DHYS Group’s trade association now has more than 120 members in 24 countries.


The Oceandiva shortly before casting off.
Set table with anniversary flyer.
Klaus Agsteiner (CEO DHYS Group and GVS) during his speech.
Impressive atmosphere during dinner on the upper deck.
Lively celebration on the dance floor.
View of the Cologne Cathedral and Deutzer Bridge from aboard the Oceandiva.

The “ANNIVERSARY GALA“ in Cologne marked a golden highlight for the GVS Group. The trading group spent one whole day and one night together with its members, cooperation partners from all over Europe, business partners and service providers. Great company, a lot of conversations, a bit of glamour but never over the top, music, dancing and a great atmosphere showed that the Group is not only on top in business but also in celebrating.

The over 200 guests were welcomed already around noon to join the “Churches, Kölsch and carnival” city tour with a visit to the tradition-steeped brewery Sion. Only some hours later the actual highlight was about to start: the festive ANNIVERSARY GALA aboard the event boat “Oceandiva”. It was already on the gangway that the chairmen of the board Klaus Agsteiner and Joachim Homberger, chairman of the supervisory board Tilmann Klein and procurator Matthias Ikas gave a warm welcome to their guests. The gala started with a champagne reception in an atmospheric surrounding while the ship left for its night tour on the Rhine.

On board the guests were able to recall the 40-year-old history of the GVS Group on large history banners. In his speech Klaus Agsteiner gave a moving impression about the past, starting with the foundation as a union in 1976, recapped the many stages of expansion and came to a conclusion with some words about the currently imminent construction of a central warehouse in 2017.

With this prospect Agsteiner emphasized the growth and strength of the Group, “which is in the perfect position to start into the future”. Agsteiner gave thanks to all his guests for all the years of successful cooperation, especially to the honorary chairman of the board, Georg Zoller, who had been head of the Group for 24 years and without whom the association would not be where it is today.

Meanwhile, the new and investigative ways of the Group were also shown at the dinner buffet which offered international specialties from Germany, Italy and Asia. At the event stage, the bars and on the dancefloor the gala gradually turned into a terrific party. A high-class DJ, a superb live band and, on top of that, singer Verena Heinz brought a very special atmosphere to boat and amazed their crowd until late at night. The city lights were sparkling through the windowpanes of the Oceandiva – the Cathedral, the crane houses or the Deutzer bridge seemed to be within one’s reach and as beautiful as never before. A special shuttle service brought the guests back to the hotel – where the evening was not yet over for some of them. Others found little surprises on their hotel rooms: exclusive heart-shaped chocolates and a fluffy blanket as a souvenir of a very special event.

The controlling body of the GVS Group, all festive (from left): Tilmann Klein (chairman of the supervisory board), Jan Butze (member of the supervisory board), Klaus Agsteiner (CEO), Andreas Wencke (co-chairman of the supervisory board), Anton Groß (member of the supervisory board), Joachim Homberger (CEO).
Matthias Ikas (Procurator DHYS Group / GVS) and Joachim Homberger (CEO GVS) welcome Yael and Philippe Scemama (Deputy CEO DHYS Group / GEH).
Frederic Romagosa (Finance Director DHYS Group / DINO), Marc Cerón (Secretary DHYS Group / DINO)
Maria Schefer, Simone Bertocci and Graziano Roma (both DHYS Group / WE ITALIA) with Matthias Ikas (Procurator DHYS Group / GVS)
Matjaž and Ksenija Smlatic (DHYS Group / Europap), in the back Dr. Claus Butze (CEO Dr. Butze GmbH & Co. KG)
Ralph Musselmann (CEO mwi / Advertising Agency of GVS Group, DHYS Group) and Marc Cerón (Secretary DHYS Group / DINO)


Three years after its formation, the DHYS Group made its first appearance as an exhibitor at INTERCLEAN 2016 in Amsterdam.

The architecture of the stand and the performance received an enthusiastic response from all visitors to the trade fair. The many discussions with international suppliers, customers and trade organisations were testament to the fact that DHYS has established itself as a first-class strategic partner in the sector. These talks generated initial contacts and enabled the Group to successfully explore opportunities for co-operation. DHYS was therefore able to achieve far more than its original aims.

The key arguments of the Group in this regard related to its decades of expert experience, a powerful range of over 80,000 items tailored to project customers, an excellent network of transport systems featuring around 900 proprietary vehicles and comprehensive service available from a single source.

The consultation also focused on highly-developed e-commerce solutions within the framework of effective cost and quality management, which provides customers with additional planning security.

The highlight of the trade fair debut was a nostalgic trip along the canal for all members of the trade fair team, who hailed from a total of five countries. This demonstrated the positive atmosphere within the trade association, together with a shared philosophy: the down-to-earth nature of predominantly owner-run small and medium-sized enterprises that boast strong regional customer loyalty while retaining a global orientation. This philosophy will continue to be the foundation of all activities in the future.


The DHYS Group, one of the leading new trade associations for professional cleaning and maintenance, will be making its first appearance in front of an international audience at INTERCLEAN 2016 in Amsterdam from 10-13 May 2016.

DHYS will be showing off its range of products and services at stand 101 in hall 9, covering some 100 square metres of exhibition space. International suppliers such as Duni, Ecolab, Kimberly-Clark, SCA, Sealed Air, Unger, Vileda, Wepa and Werner & Mertz will be in attendance as key strategic partners.

Personal consultation is a top priority for the decision-makers in the DHYS Group.
Specialist consultants from all Group members will be on hand during the trade fair and are looking forward to holding successful talks with business partners and prospective customers from all over the world.

WE ITALIA and EUROPAP strengthen the DHYS Group

The DHYS Group welcomes two more member organisations as new partners to CMS in Berlin.
In addition to GVS Group from Germany, GEH Groupe Europe Hygiène from France and Grupo DINO from Spain, the dealer community will now be strengthened by the Italian “WE ITALIA” and the Slovenian “EUROPAP”.
“We are proud to grow with these two organisations in strategically important sectors and to further expand our market shares”, said the managing boards of the DHYS Group about the successful merger.

WE ITALIA, founded in Bologna in 2012, consists of 41 members at over 50 locations across Italy. The member-companies established decades ago are cooperating with central purchasing, distribution, marketing and a sophisticated quality management.

In addition to comprehensive service activities, the corporate strategy in particular also includes a strong sustainability concept under the slogan “We think green”. With a sophisticated manufacturer and private label product range, WE ITALIA supplies around 95,000 customers.

EUROPAP, based in Ljubljana, has been serving the cleaning and hygiene market in Slovenia, Macedonia and Serbia since 2002. With its own transport logistics, two production lines for paper hygiene and a distinct service management, the company has continuously expanded its market shares to the Balkans.

From left to right: Klaus Agsteiner (CEO), Graziano Roma, Frederic Romagosa, Matjaž Smlatić, Philippe Scemama (Deputy CEO).

Corporate Design: Global Brand

The global appearance of DHYS impressively underlines the profile of the new, international trading community.

A clear, classical-modern font with great volume and the distinctively curved „S“ of the mark designation characterise the logo.

The Corporate Design is given its unmistakable appearance by other elements. The main element is the „Key Visual“ developed from the tail which is widely used in all implementations.

The wave form represents the competence and dynamics of DHYS in the world of cleaning and maintenance.

In the symbolism of a speech bubble, it represents both the communications strengths and internationality of the group. A blue graded colour concept and space-consuming visual worlds strengthen the identity.